While the New Year is rife with resolutions we have for ourselves, it’s also an ideal time to focus on children and improving their grades in school. CEO of Tutor.com, Mandy Ginsberg, brings us three beneficial and helpful tips to eradicate less than desirable grades and ensure that your child is performing to the best of his or her ability!
1. Straight A Student Who Stumbled
The best way to mitigate dealing with an increased workload from AP and honors classes is to stay on track by using an ongoing source of assistance. Speak to your child’s teacher or counselor to see what additional help is available. Some kids benefit from creating study groups, while others need one-to-one attention from a tutor. Online tutoring is great, because students can get help the very night they miss something in class. This helps them from falling behind.
2. The Case of the Missing Assignments
If your child is chronically disorganized and has missed handing in assignments, it’s sure to lower his or her grades. This is an issue for many middle school students who have to deal with changing classes and having multiple teachers and multi-step projects.
Help your child get organized. Set up a regular homework routine that works for your child and his/her activities to ensure that assignments are completed. For larger projects with deadlines that are a month or more out, create a plan with smaller steps that make the assignment manageable and easy to track. Check off each step to guarantee an on-time delivery.
3. Likes School, But Not a Particular Subject
Many kids are doing well, but have that one subject where they really don’t get it. In a recent Tutor.com survey, 61% of parents reported that their child struggles in one subject. My advice is get help early. Don’t let your child get so frustrated that he/she gets turned off by a subject that he/she might be really great at. Figure out what fits your family’s schedule and budget to get a great tutor to help your child gain confidence, skills and yes, grades.
Parents play an important role in helping their kids figure out what may be holding them back from better grades. Most importantly, it’s okay if a parent can’t help with calculus homework or doesn’t remember how to balance a chemistry equation.
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